Homage to Mies van der Rohe

This morning as I opened my internet browser, Google promptly reminded me that Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, architectural badass extraordinaire, would have celebrated his 126th birthday today. I clicked on the Google link, which did a consequential search and I saw all of the different articles people were putting out there today in remembrance of one of the GREATEST designers that will have ever graced humankind. Seriously. He accomplished what many of us dream of but very rarely succeeds in doing. I will spare you a long and tedious background check and list of credentials for Mr. Mies van der Rohe and instead just celebrate him with images of his many contributions. Thanks for the constant inspiration.

“LESS IS MORE.” – LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE

Coco Chanel

Back in 2009 I made a trip to New York to stay with a friend and one night we went to the Paris Theater to see Coco Before Chanel. I freaking ADORED this movie and everything about it. It just created a deeper interest in Coco and her history. So it’s no surprise that when The Coveteur did a piece on the apartment of Coco Chanel, I was ALL over it! I just find it so interesting to see how different people, whether they be icons or not, lived and the spaces they created for themselves. Mademoiselle Chanel definitely created a glamorous space and it was very interesting to see all the little nuances throughout the apartment. Pretty cool… Now I think I’ll go snuggle up on my couch and re-watch Coco Before Chanel.

ALL PHOTOS VIA The Coveteur

My Dad, the veteran.

I support our troops unconditionally and believe in the fight to secure our freedom. I have strong opinions in support of wars, past and present. War is ugly. The politics run deep, religion is questioned and ignorance is abundant. We civilians will never know the sacrifice these men and women gave. We need to look past the politics, religion and the ignorance of others and give THANKS to OUR VETERANS, the men and women who put THEIR lives on the line for our freedom and protection. For if it was not for their courage, this would not be the land of the free. After all, we ARE the home of the brave.

I am fortunate to be the daughter of a United States Marine. My dad served in Vietnam and there are no words to express my gratitude for his service to our nation. He is my hero and the person I look up to the MOST. He kicks ass, takes names and never backs down. (Except on the rare occasion when he is up against my mom, my sister and I.. HAHA!) He rarely speaks of his service and never seeks out glory in recognition. He saw the service as his duty and served his country proudly. He is by far one of the most influential aspects in my life.

I am proud to call him a Marine; I am honored to call him my Dad.

Many of the men in my family and group of friends have served in the military. I thank you for standing up and protecting our country. I thank you for putting your life on the line for our freedom.

Thank you for your sacrifice.

Semper Fidelis.

My Momma.

Mother’s Day is a day to celebrate and honor the wonderful women who raised us. Whether it be your biological/step/adoptive mother, aunt, grandmother or whoever, let them know how special they are to you. I thank God everyday for the mother he gave me. She is my best friend and I confide in her more than anyone. She is my go-to person when I am about to lose my mind (which is quite often) and she has never once turned her back to me. Even though today is recognized as the one day a year to honor the special women in our lives, I try my best to show my mom how much she means to me everyday. I would certainly not be who/where I am today without her by my side. She has the biggest heart and reaches out to anyone that needs a positive energy in their lives.

Alright, alright… Enough of the mushy stuff!

My mom is one crazy, funny lady! She is a trickster and one helluva shopper. There is just no one quite like her. She is the EPITOME of BADASSNESS. Without further ado, I present MY MOM, R. S. H.

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Back in Time Getaway.

I am in SERIOUS need of a vacation! I read an article today that has me vying for a getaway to Palm Springs, CA to stay for a week or so. I would HAVE to fly into John Wayne Airport, which I am fascinated with. Also, my Dad is from Long Beach, CA so I could swing by his ol’ stomping grounds as well! But while in Palm Springs, I would of course need a badass place to rest my head at night. So why settle for a hotel when I can stay at Frank Sinatra’s old estate?? FUCK YES! I have adored this mid-century modern home for years! The Twin Palms Estate was built by architect Stewart Williams for Frank Sinatra in 1947 where he lived until 1957 when he sold the estate and moved.

I can only dream of the parties, recording sessions, Hollywood royalty and passionate affairs/fights these walls witnessed! I adore Frank and am IN LOVE with the Golden Age of Hollywood. Staying here would be like stepping back in time. The decor is true to the original design while amenities are modern and up-to-date. I would love to get all architectural on your ass but this would become a tedious and long post that would better fit my case study series. In short, the lines of the structure, views, plan layout, piano-shaped pool, and pure sensuality are a few reasons this place has continued to captivate me.

If I ever make it out to Palm Springs, you can bet your ass I will be staying here, even at $2,600/night! Who’s with me??

Wanna get away?? Make a reservation.

White Diamonds.

On March 23, 2011, the world lost one of the last great legends from the Golden Era of Hollywood, Elizabeth Taylor. She passed away at the age of 79 and we will probably never see someone as irrevocably astonishing as her again.

She was known internationally for her beauty, earned two Academy Awards, had successful fragrances, was a strong advocate for AIDS research, and was married a total of eight times. Vanity Fair published a piece on her and Richard Burton in their July 2010 issue and I could NOT put it down! Their scandalous yet epic romance that began on the set of Cleopatra was one for the ages. He bought her many gifts but especially among those were the 33.19-carat Krupp diamond and the infamous 69.42-carat “Taylor-Burton diamond.” She lived a life far more dramatic and intense than any movie.

What follows is a small tribute of some of my favorite photos of her. It was extraordinarily hard to narrow down the photos as she looks damn lovely in ALL of them!!
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Elizabeth Taylor in National Velvet, 1945.


Elizabeth Taylor with Montgomery Clift on the Paramount lot while filming A Place in the Sun, 1951.


Elizabeth Taylor in Suddenly, Last Summer, 1959.

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“My mother says I didn’t open my eyes for eight days after I was born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring. I was hooked.”
– Elizabeth Taylor

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Elizabeth with Rock Hudson on the set of Giant, 1955.


Elizabeth Taylor in Butterfield 8 where she won her first Academy Award in 1961.

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“Richard came on the set and sort of sidled over to me and said: “Has anybody ever told you that you’re a very pretty girl?” ‘I thought, Oy gevalt, the great lover, the great wit, the great Welsh intellectual, and he comes out with a corny line like that! But then I noticed his hands were shaking as if he had Saturday night palsy. He had the worst hangover I’d ever seen. And he was obviously terrified of me. I just took pity on him. I realized he really was human. That was the beginning of our affair.”

– Elizabeth Taylor

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Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra, 1963.


Epic love story in the making on the set of Cleopatra.

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“I’ve always admitted that I’m ruled by my passions.”

– Elizabeth Taylor

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Elizabeth looking divine leaving the set of Cleopatra.


Elizabeth Taylor + Richard Burton on the set of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, 1966.


Elizabeth Taylor at the 42nd Annual Academy Awards wearing the Taylor-Burton diamond, 1970.

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“I had a hollow leg. I could drink everyone under the table and not get drunk. My capacity was terrifying.”

– Elizabeth Taylor

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Elizabeth Taylor with her fragrance, White Diamonds.

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Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, DBE
February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011

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EPIC.

Sources: Life Magazine + mptvimages.com